Animal welfare

Arizona Animal Welfare League seeks foster parents for cats

At Animal Welfare League of Arizonathere is a cute kitten everywhere you look.

July 10 is National Kitten Day, and it’s literally kitten season.

“When the weather is warmer, that’s when the kittens come out to mate and the kittens are born,” said AAWL’s Kimberly Vermillion.

The rescue is expected to house around 1,300 kittens this year, and right now they are close to capacity.

This is one of the many reasons they say don’t intervene if you see a stray kitten.

“When you find kittens, your first instinct is to step in and help them, but really…they can stay with their mother and that’s their best chance of survival.” said Vermilion. “Best case [scenario]mom comes back and if she doesn’t come back, if you see they’re in bad shape, or it’s been several hours – up to 8 – then you can step in and try to help them.”

The best way to keep capacity low is to adopt, of course, but the shelter has another answer if a lifetime commitment gives you pause: foster care.

AAWL says they will provide everything a person needs to care for a small cat. All you have to do is provide pets and love.

It’s a short-term commitment that will give you lots of stories to tell.

“The more foster homes we have, the more animals we are allowed to take in, as well as other animals in need,” Vermillion said.

Learn more about sponsorship: https://aawl.org/foster

Cats for adoption: https://aawl.org/adoptable-cats